thursdays_child: (Genealogy: Jo Dignatowski)
( Jan. 28th, 2009 12:25 am)
The genealogy bug has been biting again. After chattering away about family history stuff with [livejournal.com profile] circusrunaway tonight, I did some poking around to find maps of Poland to see what was Polish and what was German and when.

This website has maps of Poland over time from the 10th century on through the Cold War.

In the time period where I know that Josef Dignatowski (pictured in icon) and his family lived there and emigrated from there, the area was heavily Germanized, after apparently supporting a blended population with Polish villages and German villages alternating in little pockets.

This explains why the Dignatowskis in my family spoke German perhaps, and not Polish. However, given the name, I suspect that they were in fact, rather more of a Polish ancestry than German.

Poland and its mutable borders is pretty interesting in and of itself and all of the pictures I can find of Czluchow, the town where Josef was from are awfully pretty.
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